An unusual piece of Her Majesty’s in the fact that it isn’t of a standard form. The brooch features a pink rose (a Queen Elizabeth rose no less) hand-painted and carved reverse intaglio (that is, impressed into the back of transparent or translucent material) and set in rock crystal; it sits in a frame of 100 diamonds and a bow decorates the top of the piece.
The Queen had this created for The Queen Mother’s 100th birthday in 2000; it is by G. Collins & Sons. It is called the Centenary Rose brooch due to its creation but is also referred to as the cameo rose brooch die to its similarity to a cameo.
Poignantly, after her mother’s death in 2002, Her Majesty wore it for her Christmas broadcast with pictures of her family beside her, notes FHMJV. The Queen lost her sister, Princess Margaret, and her mother within weeks of one another.
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